Author & Editor: Patricia Park and Pamela Dorman
Tuesday May 26, 2015
|Photo Credit: Allana Taranto (Park)|
Former Emerging Writer Fellow Patricia Park discussed her debut novel Re Jane with her editor, Pamela Dorman.
About Re Jane
Re Jane by Patricia Park is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean-American debut novel that takes its heroine Jane Re on a journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul—and back.
For Jane, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, she toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops, and nineteenth-century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.
Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her. Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.
Patricia Park was born and raised in New York City. She earned her BA in English from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where she studied with Ha Jin and Allegra Goodman. A former Fulbright Scholar and Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction, she has published essays in The New York Times, Slice, and The Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
In her more than twenty-five years at Penguin, Pamela Dorman acquired and edited the multi-million copy #1 bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Deep End Of The Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, which was the first selection of the Oprah Book Club. She founded Pamela Dorman Books in 2008, where she has focused on fiction—especially well-written, accessible debut fiction. Recent bestsellers include Jojo Moyes (Me Before You, One Plus One, and others), Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt), Paolo Giordano (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), and acclaimed Southern debuts including Laura Lane McNeal’s Dollbaby and Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar, which was recently optioned by Oprah Winfrey for the OWN Network. Upcoming featured debuts include Brenda Bowen’s Enchanted August and J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest. She also publishes upmarket suspense fiction, and occasional non-fiction, including memoirs, psychology and books geared towards women’s interests. She began her publishing career at St. Martin’s Press, is a summa cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University, and loves knitting and dogs.